Take up a new hobby without leaving home
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Now that we’ve been stuck in our homes for the past eight weeks, boredom can really start to kick in. You’ve binge-watched all the Netflix boxsets, your house has never been so clean and the dog is exhausted from your walks. It’s time to start a new hobby!
When you’re bored you can end up feeling lonely, especially if you’re isolating on your own at this tough time. One of the best antidotes to loneliness is to throw yourself into something and do it for yourself. When it comes to your hobbies, you should focus on what you love and what you think you might love. And remember, you’re not going to be an expert at something straight away.
It’s also ok to give up if what you try just isn’t suiting you. A hobby is really about exploring different aspects of your personality. If you feel like you’re never going to get the hang of something, give it one last attempt and then move on if it isn’t right. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to try! A new hobby will also give you a whole new topic of conversation for your Zoom calls, and you might even meet new people through your hobby. Lots of interests have online forums where people can get together and chat.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on equipment and you don’t need to leave the house or break any lockdown rules, you just need a little determination to get started.
1. Learn a language
If you’ve travelled abroad, you probably wish that you could have spoken the language. It makes things a lot easier when ordering food, or looking for a landmark. You might even consider visiting countries you haven’t thought of before, once it’s safe to do so. The great thing about learning a language is that you can do it in the comfort of your own home. There are so many online courses that you can enroll yourself into; you won’t have to spend a penny. I’ve been learning Spanish on an app called Duolingo and it’s free and really easy to use. Practice as much as possible and try writing down everything you’ve remembered – that way it should stick in your head more.
2. Read more
There is something so sublime about having and making the time to read more, and at the moment we’ve got nothing but time! If you haven’t given yourself a chance to read recently, now should be the time for you to pick up those books. It’s also a great form of escapism, and with everything that’s going on right now we could do with some of that! I put together this list of travel and adventure books to quench your wanderlust just a little.
3. Write a book
It’s been said many times that everyone has one novel of their own inside of them. Almost everyone has dreamed of writing a great book that thousands of people love and adore. The key to writing is to actually sit down and do it! It’s as simple as that. Try not to be too critical of your work. Even professional writers will edit their work 100 times before it sees the light of day. The trick is to just get some words down onto the screen. Throw your ideas out there and get started. You never know, you might have a classic on your hands.
4. Get in the garden
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden you could try gardening. Unfortunately I don’t as I live in an apartment. My mum got me one of those M&S Little Garden lettuces just before lockdown began (I’ve got it on my window sill) and I’m so proud of how much it’s grown. It gives you a real sense of satisfaction to have nurtured something to full growth from nothing.
5. Unleash your inner artist
If you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, now could be a good time for you to start investigating your skills. If you find that drawing isn’t where your talent lies, perhaps you could try out origami or decoupage. It doesn’t matter what you try and it doesn’t matter how good you are. All that really matters is that you enjoy doing it. Putting pen to paper can be incredible soothing, and it’s a lovely hobby to take up. Keep things simple to start with and don’t be too hard on yourself. Try a paint by numbers or adult colouring book at first, as this is an easier way to be creative.
6. Movie experiences
If you love films, you could start making a little bit more effort than just watching them on the sofa. How about theming your evening around the film by wearing a costume and making food and drinks that appear in the film. I went to a Dare 2 Dine event a few years ago in Derby that was like this and it was so much fun. If you’re not creative enough to come up with your own plans, Secret Cinema have launched Secret Sofa. Just sign up to their mailing list and they will let you know what the next film is and how you can join in.
So there are some hobbies for you to look into if you’re bored during lockdown. Above all though, don’t put pressure on yourself to learn something new, or do anything at all, if you’re not feeling it. Just surviving this experience with our mental health intact is enough.